Online Giving at RUMC

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

 Welcome Rev. Telcy and His Family
The Reverend Louis Telcy will begin serving this congregation on July 1st, as Pastor Merritt begins his retirement after eight years at RUMC. Please make Pastor Louis and his family feel welcome.

Our parsonage has been vacant for over two years, but soon our new clergy family will be moving in and re-occupying this home. Our trustees are working diligently to complete upgrades and repairs in time for the new family to move in during late June.

Because a family member has an allergy to carpet, the trustees are in the process of pulling up all the carpet in the parsonage and replacing carpet with linoleum floors. But this will cost money. Accordingly, the trustees are requesting special monetary gifts to help defray the cost of the carpet replacement. Offerings for this purpose should be made out to the Building Fund, and monies designated in this manner will be set aside to help make the transition of our new clergy family a smooth one.

Go to the article below to find out more about our new clergyperson, Rev. Telcy.

Upcoming Worship Notes
We will celebrate our three high school and college graduates on Sunday, May 27th. This is also Memorial Day weekend Sunday. Don’t forget our veterans next Sunday.

On Sunday, June 3rd we will hold our last worship service before annual conference. That is the Sunday traditionally set aside to take a special Bishop’s offering to help fund one or more of the initiatives of the Florida Conference.

Sunday, June 10th will be Baptism Sunday. We will conduct baptisms and accept new members during a joint service on that day. (If you are ready to join our church family as a full member, now is the time to let the church office know.) The Care Committee and SPRC will also be sponsoring a retirement luncheon for Pastor Merritt immediately following the service.

Sunday, June 17th is not only Father’s Day, but it is Pastor Merritt’s final service with us.

On Sunday, June 24th, we will have a guest pastor—the Rev. Gary Hallam. Pastor Hallam serves as a clergyperson for Harvester UMC in Land ‘O Lakes, Florida.

RESTORE News and Notes
RESTORE continues to operate to help families in need in the Riverview area. In April, RESTORE provided food to 340 local families and help feed 1,100 people. We continue to receive surplus food from the USDA as well as from many local grocery stores (Save-A-Lot, Winn-Dixie, and Publix). RESTORE also distributes donated clothing and other items out of our thrift store and at quarterly yard sales. We serve our community on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM when both our food pantry and thrift store are open. We are constantly on the lookout for volunteers who can help with food pick-up, distribution, and thrift store management. Stop by our operation on Tuesday or Thursday morning if that appeals to you.

The next RESTORE Yard Sale has been approved for Saturday, June 9th. If you have yard sale items to donate, let us know prior to that Saturday.

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About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Sunday Services
Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the May, 2018
BELL Newsletter from this link.
Download the Prayer Tree for 
May 20, 2018 from this link.
​Bible Passage of the Week
Endurance Produces Hope

Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory. But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope.  This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:1-5 (CEB)

The 2018 Florida Annual Conference
The 2018 Annual Conference of the Florida UMC Conference will be held from June 7-9 at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. The theme for the conference is “Remembering Who We Are.” As we get closer to the Conference time, additional information will be available from this website.

A highlight of the conference is the retirement ceremony for retiring clergy, including our own pastor, Pastor Merritt Waters. That ceremony will be held on Friday evening, June 8th.  Carole Bradley has agreed to represent our church as Lay Leader for the conference.​

Annual Conference is almost here! Hospitality is a main focus, and we need a lot of smiling faces to make this year a success. Many positions are available, including greeters, welcome table monitors, ushers, guest services, and communion servers.

Won’t you register to serve, by using this link? We would like to ask that you consider signing up for multiple days and/or shifts! Registration ends on May 28th.
YouTube videos of the Easter Cantata and the Easter Sonrise Service on the River can be viewed from the Services Page.
Come Sing with Us!
The Southern Company Chorus is now rehearing at Riverview United Methodist Church. We are a women’s barbershop harmony group. We meet at the church every Monday from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. We are always looking for new members and women of all ages are welcome. 

 For more information, please link to our website,

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Monday, May 21
Child Youth Protection Policy Presentation. Library, 6:30 PM.

Sunday, May 27
Memorial Day Service/Graduation Sunday. Sanctuary, 10:30 AM

Sunday, June 3
Bishop’s Special Offering.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM.

Wednesday, June 6
Stewardship and Faith Seminar.  First UMC Lakeland, 1:30 PM

Thursday, June 7--
Saturday, June 9
Florida UMC Annual Conference. Florida Southern University, Lakeland

Friday, June 8
Florida Conference Clergy Retirement Service.  Florida Southern University, 1:30 PM.

Saturday, June 9
RESTORE Yard Sale.  Church  Grounds, 8-Noon

Sunday, June 10
Baptism Sunday. Sanctuary 10:30 AM (Joint service.)
Pastor Merritt’s Retirement Luncheon. Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:45 AM

Saturday, June 16
Lucile Robinson 90th Birthday Celebration. Crichton Fellowship Hall, 4:00 PM

Sunday, June 17
Father’s Day Service.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM (Pastor Merritt’s Final Service.)

Sunday, June 24
Guest Speaker Sunday.  Rev. Gary Hallam of Land o' Lakes, Sanctuary, 10:30 AM

Sunday, July 1
Welcome New Pastor Service.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM (Joint service)
New Pastor Luncheon.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:45 AM.

Pastoral Change at Riverview UMC
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. With a mixture of sadness and joy, we recognize and honor Pastor Merritt who is retiring in June from active service as a full-time pastor. His last Sunday as our Pastor will be June 17. The prior Sunday, June 10, we hope you all will join us for Pastor Merritt’s retirement reception immediately after the 10:30 AM worship service. We will miss his leadership, but we have no doubt that he will continue his good work to extend the kingdom of heaven. And we welcome him and his family to remain a part of our church family in his retirement.

Our church will be welcoming our new pastor and his family effective July 1. Reverend Louis Telcy and his wife, Claudie, are coming to us from Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Clearwater. They will be moving into our parsonage in June with two daughters – ages 6 and 8, and another 19-year-old daughter who will be with them when she’s not in school at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. The Telcys also have two adult daughters—one in West Palm Beach and the other in New York.

Pastor Louis is originally from Haiti. He was adopted by a Methodist minister and graduated from Haines City High School. He then graduated from Warner Southern College with a B.A. in Ministry and went on to earn a Master of Divinity in 2005 from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Since then, he has led churches in Naples, New Port Richey, and most recently in Clearwater.

Pastor Louis loves the Lord and loves people. He seeks to help people identify their spiritual gifts and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, equip them to develop leadership within Jesus’ Church. He loves spending time with people and is passionate about visiting in hospitals, nursing homes, or wherever. He spent three years as a hospice chaplain while he was in Naples. He loves planning with his worship team every month how to improve our worship time together. He says, “The more I preach the gospel of the crucified and resurrected Christ, I become more passionate about it.”

In our denomination, appointments are made by the Conference Cabinet, which consists of the Bishop together with all the District Superintendents. After conferring with members of our congregation, our Church’s Staff Parish Relations Committee provided a Church Profile that described our church and what we felt we needed in a pastor. We then met with our District Superintendent (Reverend Dr. Candace Lewis) before the appointment process to discuss our needs. After the Cabinet appointment session, the SPRC committee again met with Dr. Lewis to learn about Reverend Telcy and to endorse his appointment to our church. When our committee reviewed Reverend Telcy’s profile we were struck by how many of the needs we had heard from our congregation were addressed. It really was a WOW experience knowing that God surely had his hand in this appointment. We know Pastor Louis and his family will be a blessing to us and to our community, and we pray we can bless and minister to them as they become a part of our church family. There will be a welcome reception July 1.

Mindy Williams, Chairperson
Staff-Parish Relations Committee

Rev. Louis Telcy